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Joel Munsell Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 24 Feb 1994

Biographical History

Joel Munsell (1808-1880) was an American printer and antiquarian, and the founder of the Albany, New York, firm which bore his name. He was particularly interested in the history and application of the art of printing; his extensive collection of works on that subject was in part purchased by the New York State Library.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Joel Munsell Collection, compiled by Henry S. Bannister, comprises the papers of Joel Munsell and other members of the Munsell family, along with David Edelstein's research files and notes relating to his biography of Munsell.

Joel Munsell papers include a family genealogy, Munsell's diary, correspondence, a manuscript of an essay, an item printed by Munsell for James B. Jermain, photographs, receipts, and miscellaneous material.

David Edelstein's files consist of sixteen correspondence and subject files relating to his research for and the publication of his book Joel Munsell: Printer and Antiquarian (Columbia University, 1950).

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection as a whole is arranged in alphabetical order; within that, correspondence is in chronological order. David Edelstein's files may be found at the end of the collection.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Edelstein, David Simeon, 1913-
Edelstein, David Simeon, 1913- -- Joel Munsell: printer and antiquarian.
Munsell, Joel, 1808-1880.
Stone, William Leete, 1835-1908.

Corporate Bodies

Joel Munsell's Sons.


Biographers -- United States.
Printers -- New York (State) -- Albany.
Printers -- United States.
Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- Albany.
Publishers and publishing -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Genealogies (histories)
Receipts (financial records)
Research notes.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Joel Munsell Collection
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Davis S. Edelstein files, gift of Davis S. Edelstein.

Table of Contents

Joel Munsell papers

David Edelstein files